Whopping Crane Populations and Preservation

Whopping Crane Populations and Preservation

by Doug Leier   The spring snow goose season opened in mid-February and honestly leading up to it the open winter and unseasonably warm weather had hunters and biologist alike thinking, “..this just might be the year birds are here before March…” As luck and meteorologists would have it a more typical weather cycle settled […]

North Dakota Game & Fish Helps Keep Fish Population Robust

North Dakota Game & Fish Helps Keep Fish Population Robust

By Doug Leier The well documented and discussed wet cycle and expansion of fisheries is not new to most anglers, or even people who don’t fish. Anyone over the age of 25 can attest to the continuing growth and expansion of water and fisheries in North Dakota. While the slow accumulation of new water on […]

Winter Wildlife Survival in North Dakota

January 22, 2014 by  
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Winter Wildlife Survival in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   It’s that time of year again when lots of people start wondering about how North Dakota’s wildlife is surviving the winter. Not that wild animals don’t have struggles the rest of the year, too. Finding enough to eat, or not getting eaten, are daily challenges year-round, but mix in a countryside […]

Habitat Maintenance and Effects on Wildlife Populations

Habitat Maintenance and Effects on Wildlife Populations

by Doug Leier For years, North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists have stressed the importance of habitat in maintaining healthy wildlife populations in the long term. At the recent round of Game and Fish advisory board meetings, that topic got a lot of emphasis, and brought to light many discussions on the “good old […]

Winter Wildlife Management: Artificial Feeding and Habitat

December 11, 2013 by  
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Winter Wildlife Management: Artificial Feeding and Habitat

by Doug Leier Wildlife management has changed over time. One prime example is the historical practice of feeding wildlife – deer, birds and just about everything in between, especially during winter when people perceive a shortage of food. This practice was once embraced by most wildlife professionals, and the traditional thought process made sense to […]